Pukekohe Indian Sports Club celebrates 70 years

From left, Life members, Magan Ranchhod, PemaManga and Dheru Makan were given the honour ofcutting the 70th Anniversary cake.

From left, Life members, Magan Ranchhod, PemaManga and Dheru Makan were given the honour ofcutting the 70th Anniversary cake.

Last Friday evening, the Pukekohe Indian Sports Club celebrated their 70th Anniversary and 2015 Prize giving.
The function was attended by close to 160 people, which included Life members Pema Manga, Dheru Makan, Magan Ranchhod, representative of Naran Makan, President of Counties Manukau Hockey Association, Grant Litchfield and President of NZ Indian Sports Association, Suresh Wallabh.
Club President, Umesh Patel, welcomed everyone and explained how this year marked the 70th Anniversary of the Pukekohe Indian Sports Club, with the guests treated to a narrated presentation of Club’s history. This included photos, newspaper articles and Club milestones from its formation in 1945, right through to today. There was also a comprehensive display of memorabilia including old playing shirts, photos, training notes and old hockey sticks on display.
Well known for its hockey teams, the articles and photos in the presentation explained the formation of the very first teams and highlighted the many achievements made over the last 70 years by the teams and the players.
Mention also included the first hockey team in 1945, the cricket team and in later years the formation of ladies hockey and netball teams together with their many achievements. The Club has now grown to include a sizeable Junior Hockey programme.
Life members also spoke of their memories and experiences through their involvement in the club, together with their aspirations for the future of the club.
After recapping the history a commemorative cake was cut by the Life Members.
Following the 70th Anniversary Celebrations, the Club’s 2015 Prizegiving was held.
MCs Arjune Dahya and Janardin Bhana made it a very enjoyable evening for all of those attending. Now everyone is looking forward to the Club’s next milestone; their 75th Jubilee in five years time.

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